Newsletter, Tourism, Economic Development & Referrals
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Hartford offers a vibrant downtown area featuring an abundance of shops, restaurants and beautifully restored historical buildings. Each year, thousands of visitors are attracted to the area – and no wonder!
There are so many excellent attractions from which to choose. Many visitors come to experience the nature and wildlife of Pike Lake and the Pike Lake Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest which features over 700 acres of raw natural beauty located in the middle of the Kettle Moraine, a strip of glacial landforms which extend through southeastern Wisconsin. The Kettle Moraine State Forest is a year-round destination for family fun including great hiking with spectacular views of the fall colors, fishing, swimming, kayaking, picnicking and camping as well as skiing and snow shoeing in the winter.
No trip to Hartford is complete without catching a world-class performance at the Schauer Arts Center. The Schauer Center and its 571-seat Ruth A. Knoll Theater, with state-of-the-art acoustics and amenities, has recently hosted such acts as John McGivern, Kathy Mattea, The Diamonds, Collin Raye, Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, Ahn Trio, Daryl Stuermer, and Rockapella.
The beautiful, spacious Jack Russell Memorial Library opened on October 24, 2011 after four years of planning and fundraising efforts. The 35,500 square foot facility cost $10.3 million to construct, with $5.3 million donated by the community during the capital campaign. The facility is named after Hartford native and career educator John (Jack) Russell, whose wife Gerry donated $2 million to get the project started. The facility offers a wide variety of reading materials, audio-books, music CDs, DVDs and periodicals with access to Ebooks and other downloadable products. There are 19 Internet workstations plus WI-FI service throughout the building. There are individual and group study rooms available, along with community access to a large meeting room that is available both during, and after, regular library hours. The Library offers a regular schedule of educational and recreational programs for all ages.
‘Gentlemen (and ladies!) – Start your engines!’ History comes alive, particularly for automobile enthusiasts, at the Wisconsin Automotive Museum. Showcasing transportation history, the museum is Wisconsin’s largest auto museum, featuring an ever-changing display of classic and vintage autos and artifacts plus the largest assembled group of Hartford-built Kissel luxury automobiles. It is also home to the Kissel Car Club, comprised primarily of Kissel automobile owners. The Nash Car Club of America has space within the museum dedicated to those Wisconsin built vehicles. The museum also showcases the 1913 #1003 steam locomotive and a huge Lionel train layout sure to delight kids of all ages. The museum’s striking art deco interior sets off 110+ vehicles on exhibit, including: Pontiacs, Studebakers, Chevrolets, Kaisers, and Fords plus many more. The collection is rounded out by displays of automotive artifacts such as gas pumps, signs, license plates, oil cans, and other petroliana. An assortment of outboard engines built in Hartford from 1936-1992 are also on display.
The museum is also home of the Southeastern Wisconsin Short Track Hall of Fame. The Short Track Hall of Fame strives to preserve the legacy of local dirt track car racing that was hugely popular in this area of Wisconsin as well as nationally and honors the greats of 60 years of racing to commemorate and preserve this very real slice of Wisconsin history.
Another popular nearby destination is Holy Hill, The Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, is visited by over 500,000 people each year from around the world. Visitors appreciate the peace, beauty and serenity at the Basilica and the 435 acres of countryside that surround it. People come from all over to celebrate the Holy Mass and take part in the many liturgical celebrations and retreats. During certain times of the year, climb the stairs of the historic tower to get a view of Wisconsin only seen from Holy Hill. It is one of the highest spots in the area!
Harford also boasts yet another historical gem: the Chandelier Ballroom. Built in 1928 as the Schwartz Ballroom, this gorgeous venue has been known as an architecturally prominent recreational facility ever since. Over the years, the Chandelier Ballroom went from an entertainment venue for Vaudeville groups and big bands, to a prisoner of war camp holding in excess of 600 German draftees, and on to Zivko’s Rock ‘n Roll Palace. Today, the Chandelier Ballroom is used for wedding receptions, business functions, and other social events. Though many changes have taken place at the Ballroom from the past to present, the building stands as a reminder of history’s greatest moments.
There can be no doubt. Hartford has something for everybody!
Are you considering moving your business to Harford? The Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce has a variety of resources to help, both here in Hartford as well as in Washington County.
The Hartford Area Development Corporation (HADC) is equipped to support you through every stage, from acquisition through construction and on to long-term strategic support.
Another excellent resource is Economic Development Washington County (EDWC) which monitors business critical elements such as new jobs, business and private investment and project support.
For more information, please visit the above web sites!
The Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce received calls daily from visitors and newcomers to the general Hartford and surrounding area. Those calls might include a need for services, a request for information on lodging, where to go for family fun, what to do on any given weekend, where to find entertainment, dine, and the list goes on!
We will always refer our HACC Chamber members, and we do it all the time. You can count on it!